Emily Thompson is the executive news editor at The Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying political science and religion. She can be reached at [email protected]

Tufts professor Erin Kelly wins Pulitzer Prize

Professor of Philosophy Erin Kelly won a  Pulitzer Prize in the biography category for “Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South” (2022), which Kelly co-authored with Winfred Rembert, the biography’s subject. Rembert, who died in 2021, received the prize posthumously. Awarded annually since 1917, the Pulitzer Prizes recognize outstanding […]

Jaden Pena wins TCU presidential election

With 58% of the vote, Jaden Pena won the Tufts Community Union Senate presidential election on April 26–27. Both referendums on the ballot passed this year: one in favor of giving TCU the power to establish additional community senator seats, the other in favor of permitting the addition of two Indigenous community senator seats.  Pena […]

Somerville City Council bans crisis pregnancy centers

The Somerville City Council passed an ordinance on March 24 banning crisis pregnancy centers, defining them as deceptive, limited services pregnancy centers that do not directly provide or refer clients for abortions or emergency contraception. The ordinance was championed by Somerville City Councilor-at-Large Kristen Strezo and co-sponsored by the entire city council. Failure to comply […]

Congressman Peter DeFazio talks democracy, term limits, youth activism in Solomont Speaker Series event

U.S. Congressman and Tufts alumnus Peter DeFazio, D-Ore, spoke about his work as the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and his time in Congress with Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science Deborah Schildkraut as part of the Tisch College Solomont Speaker Series. DeFazio (A’69) has represented Oregon’s 4th Congressional […]

Massachusetts ballot initiative to reevaluate employment of app-based drivers

The Daily Read: News · Massachusetts Ballot Initiative to Reevaluate Employment of App-Based Drivers Voters in Massachusetts may see a ballot question about the employment and benefit status of gig drivers during this November’s elections. Senator Elizabeth Warren and a coalition of labor groups have vehemently opposed the ballot question, while rideshare companies like Uber, […]

Valarie Kaur talks about the power of revolutionary love at annual Russell Lecture

Valarie Kaur, a civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author, spoke about the power of revolutionary love in the joint Russell Lecture on Spiritual Life and Solomont Speaker Series on March 28.  The Russell Lecture Series is the oldest lectureship at Tufts, having been held annually since 1867. It invites distinguished lecturers to […]

Anti-mask, anti-vaccine group protest local Somerville brewery

A group of at least a dozen protesters staged a sit-in protest at Aeronaut Brewing Company, a brewery in Somerville, on Feb. 20. The unmasked protesters refused to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, violating the business’s COVID-19 policies. The protesters insisted that the brewery was discriminating against their medical status and that they had the […]

Tenants Union protests LaCourt Realty, claims exploitation, negligence

A group of 20 tenants, organizers and local supporters holding signs reading “Somervillain” and “LaCourt Lies” marched from the Davis Square T stop to the office of Mouhab Rizkallah, owner of LaCourt Realty and The Braces Place in Somerville, on Feb. 3. The protesters, organized by the LaCourt Tenants Union, demanded Rizkallah withdraw his lawsuit […]

BREAKING: Tufts relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

In an email to the Tufts community on Jan. 28, University Infection Control Health Director Michael Jordan announced adjustments to five campus COVID-19 policies, effective Feb. 1. These changes are due to updated data and public health guidance on the coronavirus since Tufts first tightened restrictions in December. Jordan’s email came after the university reported […]

Somerville Police Department releases report on surveillance technology

The Somerville Police Department made its first annual surveillance technology report to the Mayor’s Office on Oct. 15, allowing Somerville residents to see exactly what surveillance technology the city’s police department is using.  In 2018, Somerville’s Ward 3 City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to introduce a city […]

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